OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – By the time reporters were allowed in the visiting locker room at Oracle Arena late Monday night, most of the Philadelphia 76ers already had cleared out.
The television in the center of the room was turned off. There were no boxscores from the game on players’ chairs — which is typical after most NBA games — and there were no smiles to be had by anybody.
After losing by a total of 88 points on consecutive nights in California, the 76ers just want to forget what happened.
“Not going to turn on TV or read the papers,” forward Evan Turner said.
Marreese Speights scored a career-high 32 points to hand his former team a near-record setback, leading the Golden State Warriors past the 76ers 123-80.
Philadelphia nearly matched the NBA mark for the largest total margin of defeat in consecutive games. The Detroit Pistons lost by 95 points combined in back-to-back games in November 1966, according to STATS.
“It’s hard for everybody,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “The reality of it is they have put in so much time and despite all the turmoil, it’s a group that’s been together, stayed together. At times, you look up and you have to keep going and keep on playing with some level of dignity, and it’s hard doing that.”
Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points for a rebuilding 76ers team that never put up much of a fight.
No other team in NBA history has lost two straight games by at least 40 points each. Philadelphia has now done it twice.
Pistons 109, Spurs 100
In Auburn Hills, Michigan Brandon Jennings scored 21 points, and the Pistons beat San Antonio in John Loyer’s first game as interim coach.
Rockets 107, Timberwolves 89
In Minneapolis, Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds for surging Houston.
Pacers 119, Nuggets 80
In Indianapolis, David West scored 25 points for Indiana.
Raptors 108, Pelicans 101
In Toronto, Kyle Lowry had 19 points and 12 assists and Patrick Patterson scored a season-high 22 for the Raptors.
Celtics 102, Bucks 86
In Milwaukee, Jeff Green scored 29 points and Kelly Olynyk added 14 points.